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6 Stay healthy through dining choices MWR eateries offer you heart-healthy and vegetarian meals that are also delicious!

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8 Bring on February fun! You’re invited to join us at Super Sunday parties, kids’ and Family valentine events, the American Lake Conference Center’s Bridal Fair, golf and bowling fun and the upcoming Operation: Baby Shower.

feature 12 5 ways to stay heart happy We’ve brainstormed ways to help keep you motivated and positive during your stay at JBLM.

adventures 14 Outdoors abounds with fun

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Try something new this month — Oregon Coast or nighttime photography, backcountry skiing and other snow trips.

sports, fitness & aquatics 22 Get in shape for spring

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Make personal fitness your goal with fun activities, such as the Shamrock n’ Run and free fitness classes.

youth 24 Say ‘yes’ to new things Become a SKIESUnlimited instructor, play and learn with Children’s Museum of Tacoma, enroll for a spring sport and learn from a teen financial class, “Game of Life.”

military & Family readiness 26 Stay positive through classes

24 Photo: Patti Jeffrey (6) and Ursula Buford (24)

FROM THE COVER Cover photo by Patti Jeffrey Good-for-you meals that taste good, too

Learn to save with Military Saves Week, contribute to the Army Emergency Relief campaign and attend the education fair.

libraries 30 Learn something new for free Your JBLM libraries offer free activities for all ages — join a workshop for fiction writing, have storytime fun and join Novel Navigators book club.

The McChord Grill is open for lunch weekdays 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Eat right with the huge salad bar. Plus, there’s soup, a pasta bar and made-to-order hot meals. For details on finding a satisfying meal at an MWR eatery, turn to the food section on pages 6–7.

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Love what you do & do what you love — Family and MWR can help!

FOCUS JBLM Family & MWR

It’s an omnipresent saying, do what you love and love what you do. American author Ray Bradbury inspired countless people to dream and live big with those words. If you’re looking to do more of what you love, look no further than Family and

Director, Family & MWR William E. Harvey Creative director Promotions director

Toby Bartley Kelly Wetzel

MWR. Find more of the special events and regular programming you love, such as

Editor & graphic designer

Brewfest and Operation: Baby Shower, in this issue . Brewfest and Operation: Baby

Writer/graphic designer

Shower are covered on page 8 along with big game parties and Valentine’s Day activi-

Contributors Jackie Kelly

ties. Flip to the adventures section on page 14 and the sports, fitness & aquatics section on page 22 for details on upcoming outdoor recreation trips and intramural sports. Plus, there are endless learning opportunities with Child & Youth Services, Armed Forces Community Service (America Saves Week starts Monday, Feb. 27; see page 26 for details) and libraries. This month’s feature “5 Ways to Stay Heart Happy, Heart Healthy” offers ways to get — and keep — you healthy and motivated. From forging new connections, getting creative, trying new things and getting in shape, turn to page 12 for ideas. If you’re new to JBLM, welcome! Join us at fb.com/JBLMmwr for up-to-the-minute announcements on events and programs. Plus, you’ll find a handy resource guide for all things JBLM on the installation’s website, lewis-mcchord.army.mil/resourceguide/ William E. Harvey Director, Family & MWR at JBLM

Kimberly Rowe Patti Jeffrey

Contributing photographers Ursula Buford, Scott Hansen, Emiliano Hernandez, Patti Jeffrey, Alyssa Matthews and MWR staff For commercial sponsorship or advertising inquiries, off-base businesses, call Angela Frasier at 253-966-2256. Submissions are welcome but may be edited for accuracy, clarity and style. Photo submissions, accompanied by a release from the photographer and the Family/individual are also accepted. Send full-resolution (1–4 MB) jpgs to kimberly.rowe@JBLMmwr.com. The editor reserves the right to use photos for any future Focus publication in print and online without restrictions. Photos may be resized for magazine formats. Photographer will be given credit. The JBLM “FOCUS” is an unofficial monthly information source. Activities described herein, which are open to authorized patrons and, where applicable, guests, are subject to change; contact the activity for confirmation. Opinions are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent Family & MWR, Joint Base Lewis-McChord or any U.S. government entity. The use of a commercial sponsor logo or mention of a commercial sponsor or other organization does not constitute U.S. government endorsement. Visit us at JBLMmwr.com or fb.com/JBLMFamilyMWR.

$15/person includes: • Commemorative glass & six samples ($5 for five additional samples) • Hors d’oeuvres (while they last) • Live bluegrass entertainment: The Oly Mountain Boys, 5–8PM • Door prizes • Announcement of sanctioned homebrew competition winners at 6PM For ages 21+ only • Hosted by JBLM MWR & Homebrewers of Puget Sound • The Club is at 700 Barnes Blvd.; 253-982-5581.

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WHERE CAN YOU GET HEALTHY & TASTY MEALS?

WITH US!

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Trying to stay heart-healthy? We serve these tasty meals and many more at our eateries. From left: Habañero’s vegetarian quesadilla, Samuel Adams Brewhouse JBLM’s wedge salad, Strike Zones’ grilled chicken salad and the Zone’s fresh wraps. For more menu items, visit JBLMmwr.com under dining. Photos: Emiliano Hernandez and MWR staff

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ho says healthy dining can’t be tasty or satisfying? Stay hearthealthy with us at MWR eateries around JBLM!

Get started with salads Tasty salads are always in demand, and MWR has a large variety from which to choose for just about any appetite. On the go? Pick up a chicken Caesar, Battle Club or Southwest chicken salad at Battle Bean Coffee (inside Stone Education Center at Lewis Main). If you’re at Lewis North, the Zone (inside the Warrior Zone) features a chef salad, chopped chicken Cobb and side salad (the Warrior Zone’s open to ages 18 and older only). Order ahead of time at JBLMwarriors.com/ app and pick it up. For a Mexican flair minus added calories at Habañero Mexican Grill (McChord Field), try a yummy fajita burrito salad with or without your choice of shredded pork, beef or marinated steak. It comes without the tortilla and with lettuce instead of rice. Like to create your own salads? Visit the Club at McChord Field for the fully stocked salad bar (pictured left). The McChord Grill is open from 11 a.m.– 1 p.m. weekdays. The Strike Zone Café at Bowl Arena Lanes at Lewis Main and the Strike Zone

Snack Bar inside Sounders Lanes at McChord Field both serve up a garden salad (with or without grilled chicken), taco salad and side salad. Look for other specialty salads on the menus, as well. Samuel Adams Brewhouse JBLM at Lewis Main offers a fabulous wedge salad (pictured top, second left). Other salads include the Tavern House salad or side salad.

Stay leaner with light wraps, quesadillas & appetizers If you want to feel satisfied but not full, our eateries offer healthy, non-fried options for lighter lunches (and dinner at Sam Adams and the Zone): • From the lighter-sized portion of the menu, Habañero offers your choice of chicken Caesar, ham or turkey jalapeño club wraps, plus lighter-sized quesadillas with or without meat. • The Zone offers Thai chicken, turkey Caesar, turkey bacon ranch and chicken chipotle wraps, plus quesadillas with chicken, bacon cheeseburger and cheese options. • Sam Adams serves up chicken or cheese quesadillas, red pepper hummus with fresh celery, carrots and flatbread, a Thai chicken wrap and cranberry chicken salad wrap. • The Strike Zone Snack Bar offers a chicken-bacon ranch wrap special with greens and fresh veggies on the side

instead of fries (on request). • Battle Bean at Stone Ed creates turkey and Southwest chicken wraps fresh daily, or you can opt for a croissant sandwich with your choice of fillings.

Try vegetarian options The McChord Grill caters to your preferences with savory pastas made to order, plus the huge salad bar. You can also order the tomato, mozzarella and fresh basil sandwich or Mediterranean veggie sandwich. Order vegetarian dishes at Habañero — any burrito or salad can come with grilled onions, peppers, guacamole, rice, salsa and sour cream on request (vegetarian quesadilla pictured top left). All Sam Adams’ sides are naturally vegetarian — side salad, soy ginger slaw and carrot and celery sticks (with or without hummus and flatbread). Also order the classic margherita flatbread with melted mozzarella and basil. For menus, prices and locations at all our eateries, visit JBLMmwr.com.

Did you know? One heart-healthy snack between meals — a handful of nuts — can reduce heart disease mortality 29 percent and cancer mortality 11 percent, even if you grab a handful just twice a week! (Harvard Gazette)

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LOOKING FOR Celebrate Super Sunday at parties Have fun at Sam Adams Big Bowl party Come join the fun for the Familyfriendly Big Bowl party at Samuel Adams Brewhouse JBLM Sunday, Feb. 5 starting at 2:30 p.m. Here’s the line-up: • Get in on the hearty buffet for $20 per person — wings, pulled pork sliders, sweet-’n-sour meatballs, little smokies, chili nacho bar, pinwheel wraps, vegetable tray, mixed fruit, cookies and cupcakes. • Enjoy drink specials every quarter (for example, a dice game — for every even roll, take $4 off a pitcher, every odd roll, get any draft beer for $1), plus themed cocktail drinks. • Participate in football squares with prizes given away to the winners of each quarter. • The first 50 Service members to come in receive a free official program. Sam Adams is at 2400 Bitar Ave. and Division at Lewis Main. For more information, call 253-964-2012.

Enjoy the big game at the WZ with food & fun The big game is Sunday, Feb. 5 — watch it on big screens at the Warrior Zone! With 55 big screens and two projector screens at the WZ, you see all the action no matter where you sit — even on the heated, covered outdoor patio. Enjoy food specials, half-time games and more. The WZ is open to ages 18 and older and is at 11592 17th and D St. at Lewis North. Call 253-477-5756 for details.

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FUN & RECREATION? FIND IT HERE! Kids’ Valentines Take your kids to Family Valentine party Reserve your spots now for the Club at McChord Field’s Family Night Out Valentine event Thursday, Feb. 9 from 6:30–8:30 p.m. The evening includes dance music, games, door prizes, crafts and light snacks. Bring your camera for a Family photo! The cost is $15 per couple and $5 per additional child. Prepayment is required; call 253-982-0718.

Sign kiddos up for Valentine craft Your child can bring home a creative Valentine suncatcher made at Arts & Crafts Center’s Kids’ Kraft! The class meets Friday, Feb. 10 starting at 3:30 p.m. (class lasts until 5 p.m.) The cost is only $2 for each child. For class details, call 253-982-6723. Limited seating is available; students must preregister and prepay. The Arts & Crafts Center is located at 1121 Barnes Blvd. and is open weekdays and the first and third Saturdays from 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Spirited fun for 21+ Taste the best at JBLM’s annual Brewfest Like microbrews and homebrews? Sample the best at the annual JBLM Brewfest Friday, Feb. 10 at the Club at McChord Field. The party starts at 4:30 p.m. and ends at 8. For $15 per guest, you’ll get your own sampling mug to keep, six samples, appetizers, live bluegrass music by the

Oly Mountain Boys (starting at 5) and a chance to win prizes. Brewfest homebrew competition winners will also be announced. Brewfest is hosted by JBLM and the Homebrewers of Puget Sound and is an AHA/BJCPsanctioned competition. The Club is located at 700 Barnes Blvd.

to attend. For reservations and payment, call 253-982-5581. The cost is $30 per person; Club members receive a $3 discount for each admission. The Club is located at 700 Barnes Blvd. at McChord Field.

Play bingo at the brewhouse

Sign up for Bowl Arena Lanes’ monthly bowling tournament

Samuel Adams Brewhouse JBLM is giving away prizes to winners for the Bingo at the Brewhouse event Monday, Feb. 13 starting at 5 p.m. Also get in on “Cupid’s Specialty Cocktails” during the evening. The event is free. Sam Adams is at 2400 Bitar Ave. and Division at Lewis Main. For more information, call 253-964-2012.

Paint a canvas in art & wine event You don’t need to be an artist to join in the fun at the Wine and Canvas Night at the Club at McChord Field. The event is from 6–8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24. Art supplies, light appetizers and your first glass of wine are included in the cost. Seating is limited, prepayment is required and you must be age 21 or older

Bowl with friends Bowl Arena Lanes’ Team No-Tap Saturday tournaments are going strong! Check in at noon and begin play at 12:30. Sign up for the Feb. 11 tourney at the front counter or call 253-967-4661. The next tournament is March 11. Bowl Arena Lanes is located at Lewis Main at 2272 Liggett Ave.

Bring everyone to cosmic bowling Every Saturday from 5:30–11 p.m., bowl two hours of Cosmic Blacklight Bowling at Sounders Lanes Family Fun Center for only $12 per person, including shoe rental. Sounders Lanes is located at McChord Field at 737 Jackson Blvd. For more details, call 253-982-5954. Continued on page 11.

Arts & Crafts Center February Clip ‘n Save Coupons 50% Off Sculpting Class

Free Glass Mosiac Class

(discount applies to instruction only)

(discount applies to instruction only)

Limit one coupon per customer. Valid only when presented in person. No photocopies accepted. No cash value. Coupon is good Feb. 1–28, 2017.

Limit one coupon per customer per class. Valid only when presented in person. No photocopies accepted. No cash value. Coupon is good Feb. 1–28, 2017.

Arts & Crafts Center at McChord Field • 1121 Barnes Blvd. • 253-982-6726 JBLMmwr.com

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Looking for fun & recreation? Find it here! Continued from page 9.

Party & Pamper Find your bliss at Bridal Fair If you’ve got a wedding lined up at American Lake Conference Center or are still looking for that perfect venue, you’re invited to at ALCC’s Bridal Fair Saturday, Feb. 25 from 4:30–8 p.m. You can enjoy cake tasting, carvings, appetizers, beverages, decorative displays, bridal fashions, floral designs, party favors, deejays, photographers, door prizes, giveaways and more — all under one roof! Also meet in-house chefs who can help develop your wedding menu from appetizers to desserts. This all-inclusive event is free to those who’ve already booked your wedding at ALCC and $10 for those looking for a one-stop wedding and reception experience. ALCC is at 8085 NCO Beach Rd. at Lewis North. For more information, call 253-966-3988.

Attend Operation Baby Shower New or expecting moms and dads are invited to JBLM’s Operation Baby Shower at American Lake Conference Center Saturday, March 4 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. The free event includes door prizes, baby shower games, refreshments, educational and pampering products, presenters and more. ALCC is at 8085 NCO Beach Rd. at Lewis North. Call 253-982-0718 for more information.

Pamper yourself with a manicure Get a manicure while you sip a martini at the Club at McChord Field’s Manicure & Martini event Friday, March 10 from

6:30–8:30 p.m. The cost is $25 per person. Club members receive a $2 discount for each admission. The cost includes a basic manicure and your first martini. This event is for ages 21 and older only. Reservations and prepayment required; call 253-982-0718. The Club is located at 700 Barnes Blvd.

Get Creative Create trendy photo holder Sign up for a special February craft class at the Arts and Crafts Center at McChord Field. Make a trendy photo holder using wood and string Saturday, Feb. 4 at 1 p.m. or Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. Students must preregister and prepay; call 253-982-6723 for cost. The Arts & Crafts Center is at 1121 Barnes Blvd.

Golf at a discount Everyone can afford to golf with off-season discounts! Like to golf year-round at Eagles Pride or Whispering Firs golf courses? Get in on February discounts good at both locations: • Valentine’s Day, Sunday, Feb. 14, receive two-for-one green fees for you and your sweetie after 10 a.m. • Also take advantage of the February special that includes your green fee, a shared cart, deli sandwich, chips and a soda — all for only $28. The special is available weekdays through 12:30 p.m. • Get in on the Valentine’s Day Sale Tuesday, Feb. 14. Select items are on sale at both pro shops. • February golf deal — all green fees are $10 after 10 a.m. every Monday and

Wednesday at Whispering Firs and every Tuesday at Eagles Pride. • The Thirsty Thursday special at Eagles Pride includes your green fee, deli sandwich and a beer for $19 after 10 a.m. Specials or discount passes may not be used for outings, tourneys, holidays or combined with other specials. Looking ahead, get ready for the 12th Annual Spring Break coming to both golf courses in March. Call the pro shops for more details. For more information, call Eagles Pride at 253-967-6522 or Whispering Firs at 253-982-2124. Eagles Pride is located off I-5 Exit 116. Whispering Firs is at 895 Lincoln Blvd. at McChord Field.

Food & golf specials Enjoy more of Habañero for less While you’re at Whispering Firs Golf Course, get in on the February Habañero Mexican Grill specials: • Buy one lunch burrito and get the second burrito half-off Monday and Wednesday. • Tuesday and Thursday, buy a cheese quesadilla, soup of the day and fountain drink for $7.50. Habañero is at 895 Lincoln Blvd. at McChord Field. Call 253-082-2124 for more information.

The Club appreciates its members Club members, you’re being appreciated at a free dinner at the Club at McChord Field Wednesday, Feb. 22 from 5–7 p.m. Family members and guests can also attend for $5 each. The Club is at 700 Barnes Blvd. For more information, call 253-982-5581. JBLMmwr.com

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ur resolve at Family & MWR is to improve your morale, look out for your welfare and give you ways to recreate. We’ve brainstormed some ways to help keep you healthy and motivated throughout your stay with us at JBLM.

1: Do what you love, love what you do You might not have your exciting dream job, but you can create a sense of purpose in what you do. There’s a story about several men at a construction site who were asked what they were doing. One man replied that he was laying bricks, a second said he was building a wall, but the third said he was building a cathedral. You can sense which man got the most satisfaction from work. You can find a sense of purpose in just about any activity, whether you get paid for it or not, when you realize you’re helping to build something big — from raising children to raising the flag. If you’re looking for a meaningful activity where you can make a difference, try volunteering to coach a youth sports team for JBLM’s Child & Youth Services, training to be a childcare provider (if you live on base), volunteering for BOSS

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(Better Opportunities for Single Service members), or even taking a free class from Armed Forces Community Service to learn how to save money for your future, develop your career or transition successfully to the next stage of your life.

2: Treat your heart to healthy habits

We all know it’s hard to quit a bad habit. It’s actually easier to start a new habit when you target what you want to stop doing. Your brain doesn’t really register what you’re not going to do, but when you focus on a new goal, such as going to an aerobics class three times a week or eating a salad instead of fast food for weekday lunches, you can change your lifestyle for the better. It helps when you know what’s readily available. For instance, MWR offers free fitness classes at our Sports & Fitness Centers and pools (turn to page 20 to learn more). If you’re just starting out and are a DOD civilian working at JBLM, check out the Civilian Fitness Program — the Army Wellness Center can tailor your program with measurable goals. Contact your supervisor for information or call Jensen Family Health & Fitness Center at 253-967-5975. You also can find healthy lunch alternatives at our eateries (such as a wellstocked salad bar at the Club at McChord Field). See page 7 for healthy dining tips

or visit JBLMmwr.com under dining for menus at all our eateries. Sign up for a race, swim, go hiking — these all count toward a healthier life!

3: Find stress-less outlets Everyone needs time out for fun, rest and relaxation! Our outdoor recreation program is staffed with experts on play — kayaking, photography, snowshoeing, climbing, hiking, scenic touring — however you want to explore the great outdoors just outside your home. Take up a new hobby — it’s easy with our Arts & Crafts Center classes. Pick up the phone and call 253-982-6723 about how to start sculpting, knitting, quilting, picture framing, book binding, basket weaving, drawing, painting, glass mosaic or sewing this month! For fun Family outings and activities, turn to the youth and libraries sections that are stocked with stress-free ideas.

4: Create new connections

and many more classes. Refer to pages 26–29 for a complete list of classes. We also offer free activities that encourage new friendships. For instance, meet with other book lovers at the monthly library book club, get together with other adults to learn how to crochet or bring your kids to Lego Club or Girls’ Club (pages 30–31). Drop in at Raindrops & Rainbows Parent and Child Play Center to meet other moms and strengthen your own relationship with your kiddos (pages 24–25).

5: Let go of ‘what ifs’ & enjoy the moment When we worry about the future, the joys of today are overlooked. Worry causes our body to stress out and we soon feel overwhelmed. The fact is that we cannot control the future, but we can decide how today will be lived. The best thing to do with worry? Let go and get going! Go to the movies, go bowling on base, go play at the Warrior Zone, go on a getaway — enjoy whatever happiness today brings. Before you go, check out discount tickets at Leisure Travel Services, such as movie passes, tourist packages, select sports, hotels and more. For complete details on Morale, Welfare and Recreation activities, visit our website at JBLMmwr.com.

Creating new connections throughout our lives is the best therapy for relief from the aches and pains of living. If you want some free how-to’s, attend classes from AFCS to learn how to develop closer relationships with your Family, transition more smoothly into new stepfamilies, the ins and outs of caring for your first baby JBLMmwr.com

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With colder temps, the fun’s heating up with Outdoor Recreation Try tubing, cross-country and downhill skiing, climbing and more this winter! Check out the trip listings and register for your winter adventure today at JBLMmwrRegistration.com. JBLMmwr.com

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Great for paddlers of all skill levels, this trip is appropriate for ages 13 and older (children younger than 12 must be on a board with an adult). All the necessary equipment and instruction for a safe introduction to this lifelong leisure activity is provided by our experienced staff. Dress appropriately for the weather and bring water. Meet at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 6 p.m. ($35)

Alpine Club meeting

Climbers are

invited to the Alpine Club meeting Wednesday, March 1 at 6 p.m. The activity and meeting location differ each month. For details, members may check out JBLMalpineclub.blogspot.com. (Free)

Backcountry ski Paradise

Winter is

here and Mount Rainier National Park is an exceptional backcountry area where you can choose the terrain based on your skill. Whether it’s open glades,

Adobe Lightroom 101

Lightroom is the essential software tool for any serious photographer. Saturday, March 4, learn the fundamentals of this incredibly powerful tool that many professionals have come to rely on. The class will thoroughly cover the “Library” and “Develop” modules, where you manage, keyword, edit and enhance your images. With hands-on practice, learn how to import, organize, edit, rate, fix and enhance your images, and how to work through large shoots efficiently with synchronized settings and presets. We’ll discuss how Photoshop still fits into your workflow and learn how to easily move between Lightroom and Photoshop. To get full advantage of this course, please bring your laptop with Adobe Lightroom installed. Minimum age: 12 (younger than 18 must be accompanied by parent or guardian). Meet at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 9 a.m. ($45)

After-work SUP

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steep drops or wide open chutes, Rainier has it. For the more confident skiers or boarders, nearby peaks offer a great ride on true alpine terrain. Let the Outdoor Recreation program guides lead you on an adventure Saturday, Feb. 25. Ground transportation, backcountry ski or split snowboard, avalanche beacon, shovel, probe and airbag included. Skiing will be either at Reflection Lake or in the Paradise area depending on snow levels. Minimum age: 16 (younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult). Depart from the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 7 a.m. ($95)

Basic Alpine course During this course, you’ll receive hands-on climbing and climber’s safety training in Washington’s glorious Cascade Range. Unlike Rainier, the Cascade Range is part of a huge mountain range with scores of peaks topping 8,000 feet, upwards of 400 glaciers and countless permanent snowfields.

Relax after a day of work with an after-work standup paddle-

This program is designed for the begin-

board experience Wednesday, March 8.

to develop strong fundamental skills in

ner or intermediate climber who wishes


all aspects of snow and glacier climb-

proximity to the Las Vegas strip, make for

water safety and SUP etiquette. Then on

ing, as well as rock climbing. The course

a world-class, year-round international

the water, learn to safely get on and off

serves as a prerequisite for many of the

climbing destination for beginners and

the board, proper standing technique,

Outdoor Recreation program’s basic-level

experts alike. Airfare, ground transporta-

paddling technique, turning the board,

climbs and is a stepping stone to more

tion, technical climbing gear and camp-

maneuvering over and through small

technically difficult mountains, includ-

ing are included! ($975)

waves and more, depending on the level of the group. This clinic is perfect for all experience and fitness levels — whether you’ve never paddled, SUP’d or surfed before. All ages are welcome but those younger than 12 must be on a board with an adult. Meet at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 10 a.m. ($35)

ing Denali. This course has served as a springboard to many climbing careers, including numerous Everest summiteers, and has developed a foundation of skills for hundreds of independent climbers. Taught over the course of two weekends, the first half is classroom-based skill sessions Feb. 25–26. The following weekend (March 4–5) is an overnight field skills

Cross-country ski Lake Easton Combine short trails, rolling hills, groomed trails and beautiful views for a great day of cross-country skiing at Lake Easton Sunday, Feb. 26. Gear, transportation and instruction are provided. Please go to the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North to be fitted for gear no later

practice. Minimum age: 18. ($250)

Saturday, Feb. 25. Depart from the NAC

Bike Snoqualmie Valley Trail

Unlimited at 8:15. Difficulty: moderate;

On Sunday, March 5, bike along an old railroad grate that climbs gently though forested hillsides along the Snoqualmie Valley Trail. This trip begins in the historic town of Snoqualmie, where we’ll follow the Snoqualmie River on the way to Tolt MacDonald Park, returning to the little town of Snoqualmie. Along the way, you’ll pass many farms, nature-viewing areas and the historic 100-foot-tall, 400-foot-long Tolt River Bridge. Difficulty: moderate (due to distance); length: 22 miles; time on bicycles: 5 hours; minimum age: 14. Depart from the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 7 a.m. or McChord Field’s Adventures Unlimited at 7:20. ($75)

at 8 a.m. or McChord Field’s Adventures distance: 5 miles; time: 3 hours; elevation gain: 50 feet. Minimum age: 12. ($65)

Introduction to standup paddleboarding Learn the basics of standup paddleboarding in a fun group setting Sunday, Feb. 26. Start on dry land learning the correct paddle height and hand placement, equipment overview, kneeling and standing on a board, as well as

Japan ski vacation If you’ve ever seen a picture of the snow in Japan, then you know it’s one of the most soughtout places to ski in the entire world. This is an amazing area for any avid backcountry skier to explore. Join us March 13–17 on a trip that offers a little something exciting for everyone. Stay in a rustic cabin with access to front and backcountry skiing and visit the famous mountain of Niseko on the northern Hokkaido Island. Continued on the next page.

Climbing Red Rocks

Escape the gray weather with a sunny trip to Red Rocks March 9–12! Guided rock climbing in the Red Rocks of Las Vegas, Nev., offers thousands of varied rock climbs, from small cliffs to thousand-foot multipitch outings with comfortable ledges, lofty summits and great views. The sandstone formations in the area are highly featured. This makes for great handholds with plenty of edges and holes on which to rock climb. The best easy-to-moderate multipitch rock climbing routes in the world, combined with Nevada’s mild winters, great fall and spring temperatures and JBLMmwr.com

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mum age: 12 (younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult). Depart from the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 8 a.m. This clinic can be modified for Family lessons. ($110)

Olympia night photography

Many of the most exciting photographs being made today, especially in travel photography, are taken after dark. Head to Olympia Sunday, March 5 to learn to meet a wide variety of technical challenges on a range of situations from cityscapes to night skies. We’ll walk the streets of the city for an evening of night photography and hands-on instruction, as we photograph varied architecture, fountains, highways and myriad reflections of Washington’s capital. Minimum age: 12 (younger than 18 must be accompanied by parent/guardian). Depart from the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 5 p.m. ($55) With an average of 15 meters of annual snowfall and plenty of natural hot springs to soak in, plus excellent food to enjoy, this is a can’t-miss trip! Use our top-of-the-line BC ski and snowboard equipment, or bring your personal favorite set of sticks. Two meals a day are included in the trip fee. Baggage fees more than $100 are not provided. A passport is required. Minimum age: 16 (younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult). ($4,300)

Learn to ski

If you’ve always wanted to learn how to ski, this is your chance! Sundays, Feb. 26 or March 5, avoid the lift lines with our backcountry access, come and get a small group lesson with a certified instructor in a private wilderness setting. The clinic covers proper boot, ski and pole sizes, talks about types of skis, where to ski, how to get involved and includes a beginner ski lesson on the groomed forest service roads of the Pacific Northwest! Wear appropriate winter layers with a waterproof, insulated outer layer, as well as knee-high socks. Mini-

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Moonlight snowshoe

Snowshoe on the

Snoqualmie Pass trails by the light of the moon Friday, Feb. 17. Gear, guide, instruction and transportation provided. Difficulty: beginner; distance: 1.5 miles; elevation gain: 50 feet; time: 2 hours. Minimum age: 12. Depart from the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 5:30 p.m. or McChord Field’s Adventures Unlimited at 5:45. ($55)

Oregon Coast photography There are few places on the West Coast as rugged or beautiful as the Oregon Coast. Jagged cliffs are battered by wind and waves. Rocky sea stacks are pummeled by some of the Pacific Ocean’s biggest waves. It is truly wild country. Come along for two full days of exploring some of the best areas along the central Oregon Coast. From sunrise to sunset, we’ll be right there with you Feb. 17–19 capturing long exposures of waves as they glide in and out of a sandy beach, stopping time as a 20-foot wave crashes against the cliffs of Cape Kiwanda. This workshop will satisfy


your photography bug as well as get your adrenaline pumping. There’s nothing quite like spending a weekend with likeminded people capturing the beauty and grandeur of the Oregon Coast. The trip cost includes transportation, camping fees and instruction. Meals are not included; we’ll stop for food at restaurants in the area. What to bring: DSLR camera, lenses, tripod, filters (polarizer and neutral density, if you have them) and extra batteries, layers for the weather and food or money for food. Minimum age: 16 (guests younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian). Depart from the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 7 a.m. ($350)

Sea kayak skills class

Outdoor Recreation offers five levels of two-hour kayak skills classes. • Level one: proper paddling techniques and how to buddy-rescue. • Level two: edging maneuvers and selfrescue. • Level three: recovery techniques and muscle memory exercises for the roll. • Level four: multiday kayak trip prep and t-rescue. • Level five: the roll. The next sea kayak skills class is Saturday, Feb. 18. Start at any time and master as many levels as you’d like! Meet at Kimbro Pool inside McVeigh Sports & Fitness

ian). Depart from the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 3:30 p.m. ($65)

Snowshoe Ape Cave

Snowshoe through the epic winter landscape of Mount St. Helens to the second longest lava tubes in North America Saturday, March 4! Then journey into the ancient subterranean depths of Ape Cave. We’ll travel deep into the underside of a 2,000-year-old lava flow to scramble under and climb over volcanic formations. In this subterranean environment, the average year-round temperature remains a constant 45 degrees, so dress warmly. Difficulty: moderate; distance: 3 miles; time: 3 hours. Minimum age: 12. Depart from the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 8 a.m. ($50)

Snow tubing

Dress warmly and get ready to go for a wild ride! Tubing is a blast for all ages, so bring the entire Family. Snow tubes and transportation are provided. Depart from the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North at 9 a.m. or McChord Field’s Adventures Unlimited at 9:15. ($45; ages 6–12: $25; ages 0–5: $5)

SUP Cutts Island

Don’t miss this South

Sound classic Saturday, March 4! Begin the trip in Horsehead Bay and paddle North in Carr Inlet to Cutts Island. The small island has a steep rock face on the south end, and there are many birds that make this island their home. Difficulty: beginner-intermediate; distance: 6 miles; paddle time: 3.5 hours. Minimum age: 12. Depart from

Travel to one of Washington’s best tubing hills for a day in the

McChord Field’s Adventures Unlimited at

snow Saturdays, Feb. 25 and March 11.

at Lewis North at 8:30 8:00 a.m. ($60)

8 a.m. or the Northwest Adventure Center

Outdoor adventure

Date

Cost

Details

Oregon Coast photography

Feb. 17–19

$350

Minimum age: 16

Moonlight snowshoe

Friday, Feb. 17

$55

Minimum age: 12

Sea kayak skills class

Saturday, Feb. 18

$25

Minimum age:18

Basic alpine course

Feb. 25–26

$250

Minimum age: 18

Backcountry ski Paradise

Saturday, Feb. 25

$95

Minimum age: 16

Seattle night photography

Saturday, Feb. 25

$65

Minimum age: 12

Snow tubing

Saturday, Feb. 25

$45

Ages 6–12: $25; ages 0–5: $5

Intro to standup paddleboarding

Sunday, Feb. 26

$35

Learn to ski

Sunday, Feb. 26

$110

Minimum age: 12

Cross-country ski Lake Easton

Sunday, Feb. 26

$65

Minimum age: 12

Alpine Club meeting

Wednesday, March 1

FREE

Adobe Lightroom 101

Saturday, March 4

$45

Minimum age: 12

Snowshoe Ape Cave

Saturday, March 4

$50

Minimum age: 12

SUP Cutts Island

Saturday, March 4

$60

Minimum age: 12

Bike Snoqualmie Valley Trail

Sunday, March 5

$75

Minimum age: 14

Learn to ski

Sunday, March 5

$110

Minimum age: 12

Olympia night photography

Sunday, March 5

$55

Minimum age: 12

speed to snag different types of nighttime

Bike Snoqualmie Valley Trail

Sunday, March 5

$75

Minimum age: 14

shots and how to achieve motion blur. It’s

After-work SUP

Wednesday, March 8

$35

important to have a basic understanding on

Climb Red Rocks

March 9–12

$975

Minimum age: 18

how to adjust aperture, shutter speed and ISO. Bring your camera, fully charged battery, tripod and comfortable walking shoes. Minimum age: 12 (guests younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guard-

Snow tubing

Saturday, March 11

$45

Ages 6–12: $25; ages 0–5: $5

Japan ski vacation

March 13–17

$4,300

Minimum age: 16

Center at 7:30 p.m. Minimum age: 12 ($25)

Seattle night photography This class starts as the sun sets Saturday, Feb. 25. Learn how to capture images shooting directly into the sun and how to capture our beautiful city at night! Learn techniques of isolating aperture and shutter

Preregistration is required for all trips; prices and schedule are subject to change without notice. Anyone younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Gear and transportation are included unless otherwise stated. Register via WebTrac (visit JBLMmwrRegistration.com) or at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North. Confirm pick-up locations and times upon registration. Group rates and private trips are available; call for details. We’ll visit FRG meetings or unit functions to tell you about the great recreation and adventure options in the area. For more information, call 253-967-6263 or visit JBLMmwr.com.

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School Physicals

Call the TRICARE Regional Appointment Line to book a school physical appointment with your child’s primary care provider.

1-800-404-4506 Check with your child’s school for specific requirements and bring the forms with you to the appointment. If your child has recently had a physical and only needs the forms completed, please contact your clinic for specific instructions. Don’t wait until it’s too late!

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focus | sports, fitness & aquatics

Play volleyball, get ready to

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Group fitness classes

Millennium Health and Fitness Inc. fitness instructors will begin hosting group exercise classes at Jensen Family Health & Fitness Center and Wilson Sports & Fitness Center Monday, Feb. 6. Millennium Health and Fitness Inc. currently teaches group exercise classes at McChord Fitness Annex with a high rate of customer satisfaction. The overall goal will be for the group exercise program to provide a wide range of quality and reliable programs across three facilities that our Service members, Family members, retirees and civilians can enjoy participating. This change will have a positive impact on our community and Sports, Fitness & Aquatics looks forward to a positive group exercise future! Stay tuned to fb.com/JBLMSportsFitnessAquatics for details.

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Shamrock n’ Run now hiring lifeguards Attend the JBLM Aquatics lifeguard fair

JBLM Aquatics’ lifeguard hiring fair is Saturday, Feb. 25, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. at Soldiers Field House Pool. The fair will provide information on employment opportunities for lifeguards and water safety instructors. Interested applicants should come prepared with swimwear. The pay is $11.25–$15 per hour. Individuals will have the opportunity to earn lifeguard certification. Soldiers Field House Pool is located at 3236 2nd Division & Handrich, Lewis Main. For more information, call JBLM Aquatics at 253-967-9210.

shamrock n’ run

Race for the finish in annual fest You don’t want to miss the Shamrock n’ Run 5K & 1K race Saturday, March 11 at the MWR Fest Tent! This year’s event is more fun than ever with costume contests, giveaways, bounce houses, popcorn and cotton candy machines and a beer garden. The 1K begins at 11 a.m., followed by the 5K at 11:30. For the best pricing, sign up by Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 11:59 p.m. at JBLMmwr.com/races. You’ll also guarantee a custom race T-shirt in your requested size and a finisher’s medal. See the chart or go online for pricing details. Public must possess valid photo ID in accordance with the Real ID Act.

open women’s volleyball

Sign up for women’s volleyball Open women’s volleyball season begins Saturday, March 18. The sign-up meeting is Wednesday, March. 1, 6 p.m. at Nelson Recreation Center. Players without a team are encouraged to attend the meeting for team placement. Play is open to JBLM DOD ID card holders 18 and older. The cost to register is $20 per player. The league tournament is Saturday, April 8. For more information, visit JBLMmwr.com/intramural or call Intramural Sports at 253-967-4768. Nelson Recreation Center is located at 3168 2nd Division Dr. at Lewis Main.

commander’s cup volleyball Season begins March 27!

The representative meetings for Commander’s Cup volleyball are Wednesday, March 8, 6 p.m. at Nelson Recreation Center and Thursday, March 9 at noon at McChord Fitness Center. The season begins Monday, March 27, with the championship April 24–27. It’s open to active duty JBLM Service members. For more information, call 253-967-4768 or visit JBLMmwr.com/ intramural. Nelson Recreation Center is located at 3168 2nd Division Dr. at Lewis Main and McChord Fitness Center is located at 729 5th St. at McChord Field.

Shamrock ‘N Run registration & pricing

Early registration (until Tuesday, Feb. 28, 11:59 p.m.) T-shirt size guaranteed

Late registration until Tuesday, March 8, 11:59 p.m.) T-shirt not guaranteed

Day-of-race registration onsite T-shirt not guaranteed

5K Military/DOD ID card

$20

$25

$35

5K No DOD ID card

$30

$35

$45

1K Military/DOD ID card

$15

$20

$25

1K No DOD ID card

$20

$25

$30

Alyssa Matthews

Always going the extra mile Thank you to Jo Meno for more than 30 years of service Jo Meno came to JBLM in September 1996, following her husband’s retirement from the U.S. Army. After already devoting more than 10 years in civil service, she continued her career as a secretary for the Sports, Fitness & Aquatics Branch in December 1996. She has spent the last 20 years handling the day-to-day operations of the Sports Administrative Office, the driving force of our fitness facilities. Aside from her daily duties of completing countless tasks and various suspense actions, Meno does an outstanding job assisting with employee and customer needs. She’s extremely passionate about the needs of our Service members and their Families and consistently goes that extra mile to ensure they are taken care of. In addition, she often volunteers to assist with various race events. Her expertise and cheerful attitude help make the race registration process very pleasant for all participants. Meno is an exceptional employee whose dedication is repeatedly demonstrated in all that she does. Her outstanding work ethic, leadership and professionalism continue to be represented to the highest degree. We share with great pride her commitment to excellence during her 30-plus years of service to our country as a civil servant with the JBLM Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. JBLMmwr.com

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focus | youth

Learning is fun with Child & Youth Services! skies open house

Find out more about SKIES at the “I Love SKIES” open house Wear red and join SKIESUnlimited Friday, Feb. 3, 4–6 p.m. for a look inside the academy. Play games and win prizes and enjoy snacks and class demonstrations. Find out why JBLM Families love SKIES at 6398 Garcia Blvd. at Lewis Main. To view schedules and costs, as well as to enroll for SKIES classes, auditions and open houses, go to WebTrac today: JBLMcysRegistration.com.

become a skies instructor

Teach JBLM youth art, music, sports & more with SKIESUnlimited If you have a passion for painting or cooking, a love for music and dance or a knack for coaching youth, JBLM Child & Youth Services is looking for you! “SKIESUnlimited is always looking to enhance our programming, and we feel that people who are passionate about what they teach are a great fit for our program!” says Cindy Arnold of SKIESUnlimited. The CYS SKIESUnlimited program is interested in hiring contract instructors

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to teach JBLM youth. SKIES is looking for instructors for Zumba, baton twirling and anything else you’re passionate about. SKIES stands for Schools of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration and Skills. The goal of SKIES is to offer fun classes for all interests and abilities while staying close to home or school. Myriad activities are offered after school, as well as during the school day for parent-and-me classes. Current classes include karate, boxing, gymnastics and dance. Bring your interest to SKIES students as a contract instructor. For more information, call 253-966-3539.

babysitting course Become a certified babysitter

Learn basic care for infants and children, developmental ages and stages, safety, first aid, CPR and more Feb. 16–18 in the free babysitting course at Hillside Youth Center. Registered youth ages 12 1/2 and older may enroll; you must be at least 13 years old to babysit. Upon completion of the course, you may opt to have your name placed on the certified list of babysitters. To reserve your seat, call 253-967-4441. Hillside Youth Center is located at Lewis Main, 6397 Garcia Blvd.

/JBLMcys


Spring sports

Enroll now for baseball, track & field and more Youth Sports offers seasonal team sports and sports camps. Recreational in nature, the sports teach JBLM youth the fundamentals of the game and the importance of teamwork. Enroll for the following options at JBLMcysRegistration.com. • Special Olympics Aquatics Enroll youth with or without special needs age 8–18 through March 20 for $55. The season runs March 21–April 30. • Special Olympics Track & Field Enroll youth ages 8–18 (with or without special needs) for $55. The season runs March 21–April 30. • Spring baseball Enroll Feb. 6–March 19 for $55. Open to ages 5–15, the season runs April 10–June 3. • Lil’ Batters Enroll Feb. 6–March 19 for $25. Open to ages 3–4, the season runs April 10–May 20. Coming next month, enrollment for Get Fit, Be Strong Archery and Spring Break Sports Camps.

become a youth sports coach Youth Sports is looking for volunteers!

Share your love of sports with JBLM youth as a volunteer sports coach. Youth Sports provides training and offers sports fee vouchers. A background check is required. For more information, stop by Youth Sports, 2295 S. 12th St. at Lewis Main. The office is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. For more information, call 253-967-2405.

Help your teen understand finances!

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Join the Children’s Museum of Tacoma for Play to Learn, a free program for ages 6 and younger and their parents. It’s held at Escape Zone (10–11:30 a.m.) and Raindrops & Rainbows Parent and Child Play Center (1:30–3 p.m.) select Wednesdays. Escape Zone is located at McChord Field, 841 Fairway Rd. and Raindrops & Rainbows is located at Lewis North, 8197 American Lake Ave. Upcoming dates and themes are: • Feb. 1, Dinosaurs. • March 8, Bugs. • Feb. 8, Love Notes. • March 15, Going Green. • Feb. 15, Community Helpers. • March 22, Dental Health. • March 1, Dr. Seuss. • March 29, Things that Go.

Military Saves Week is Feb. 27–March 4, during which Armed Forces Community Service is hosting an event for Child & Youth Services-registered teens. “The Game of Life” is Wednesday, March 1 from 4:30–6 p.m. at Hillside Youth Center. Teens will travel around a life-sized game board (stations) to learn about: • Earning a wage and paying bills. • What it costs to run a household. • How earnings affect buying decisions. • Adult responsibilities. To register, go to JBLM-military-saves-week-2017.eventbrite.com. AFCS is also hosting “Teen Financial Cents” Saturday, Feb. 25, 10 a.m.– noon at AFCS McChord (551 Barnes Blvd.). This class is open to teens ages 16–19 (no CYS enrollment required). Teens will learn checking, savings and credit basics. A free pizza lunch will be provided by Harborstone Credit Union. Register at JBLMfrp.checkappointments. com. For details on both classes, call 253-967-1453 or 253-982-2695. JBLMmwr.com

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focus | military & Family readiness

$ave & learn with armed

are you savings ready? Military Saves Week is Feb. 27–March 3. save Each year the Department of Defense — with the “Military Saves” program — seeks to motivate, support and encourage military Families to save money, reduce debt and build wealth. Why? Because not having savings results in stress and worry when “life happens” to Service members and their Families. Having a game plan for your finances can enable you to deal with financial bumps in the road without the stress and hassle you’d otherwise encounter. While our finances impact us every day, busy military schedules can make it difficult to step back and ensure things are on track. So, each year one week is devoted to focusing on personal finances. This year, that

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week is Feb. 27–March 3. Join JBLM Armed Forces Community Service for the Military Saves Week Kick-Off event and the classes listed. For more information about these classes, call 253-967-1453. To read more about Military Saves Week, visit MilitarySaves.org. For more information about JBLM AFCS Financial Readiness classes or to schedule an appointment with an FRP financial counselor, visit JBLMfrp.checkappointments.com. Military Saves Week starts with the JBLM Kick-off Event Monday, Feb. 27: • Joint Base Commander Opening Remarks (62AW Cdr. remarks in the afternoon). • Financial Readiness: Warrior to Warrior.

• Guest Speaker Staff Sgt. (ret.) Johnnie O. Yellock II (Combat Controller, WIA 6 July 2011). • Audience Q&A session. Plus, register for these JBLM Military Saves Week events and classes at JBLM-militarysaves-week-2017.eventbrite.com: JBLM Military Saves Kick-Off (a.m.) Monday, Feb. 27 from 8:30–11 a.m. at Carey Theater, Lewis Main. JBLM Military Saves Kick-Off (p.m.) Monday, Feb. 27 from 12:30–3 p.m. at McChord Theater. Command Your Cash Tuesday, Feb. 28 from 9–10:30 a.m. or 1–2:30 p.m. at AFCS-McChord (551 Barnes Blvd.).


forces community service HERO-Con

Registration for this fun EFMP event opens Monday, Feb. 13 Families enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program are invited to a special adventure Friday, March 24. Take a tour of a new world featuring live performances and role play through anime, fairies and everything sci-fi via martial arts, dance, music and more. A mentor will guide and invite small groups of children to cross the threshold through a variety of interactive scenarios. Upon completing the journey, each child will be acknowledged and given a tangible symbol of their success to guide them back home. This special event is open to JBLM EFMP-enrolled Families and retirees. The first tour is at 4:15 p.m., followed by a second tour at 5:15. The fun is at SKIESUnlimited, 6398 Garcia Blvd. at Lewis Main. Registration opens Monday, Feb. 13 at JBLM-efmp-hero-con.eventbrite. com. Call 253-967-9097 for additional information.

 money, reduce debt & build wealth. Financially Fit Tuesday, Feb. 28, 9–11 a.m. or 1–3 p.m. at Lewis Main’s Stone Education Center’s room 235C, 6242 Colorado Ave. Understanding Money & Credit Wednesday, March 1 from 9–10:30 a.m. at AFCS Waller Hall (2140 Liggett Ave., Lewis Main). Coupon Sense with a Budget Wednesday, March 1, 9:30–11 a.m. at the Family Resource Center (4274 Idaho Ave., Lewis Main). Financial Lifecycles Wednesday, March 1 from 1:30–2:30 p.m. at AFCS Waller Hall (2140 Liggett Ave., Lewis Main).

The Game of Life Wednesday, March 1, 4:30–6 p.m. at Hillside Youth Center, 6397 Garcia Blvd. at Lewis Main. (The Game of Life event is for teens registered with JBLM Child & Youth Services. See page 25 for additional event details and registration information.) TSP & Blended Retirement System Thursday, March 2 from 8:30–10 a.m. or 1–2:30 p.m. at AFCS Waller Hall (2140 Liggett Ave., Lewis Main). Resource Table Stop by Thursday, March 2, 1–2:30 p.m. at AFCS Waller Hall (2140 Liggett Ave., Lewis Main).

Education fair

Learn about career & education opportunities Don’t forget to check out the AFCS education fair Wednesday, Feb. 15, 9 a.m.– 1 p.m. at the Service Member and Family Assistance Center. Learn about education programs, colleges, training opportunities and more. For more information or to register to attend, visit JBLM-afcs-sfaced-fair.eventbrite.com. Registration is requested but not required. The education fair is open to the entire JBLM community! The SFAC is located at Lewis Main, 9059 Gardner Loop. For additional information, call 253-966-8433 or 253-967-6916. Continued on the next page. JBLMmwr.com

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hiring our heroes

Service members, veterans & spouses are invited to this job fair JBLM Service members, spouses and veterans are invited to attend the Hiring

an estate — your estate is comprised of everything you own. It’s important to plan ahead to ensure your affairs are in order. Register online at JBLMafcs. checkappointments.com. The ed center is

from 7–9 p.m. and the hiring fair Thursday, Feb. 16 from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Both events are at the Club at McChord Field, 700 Barnes Blvd. Network with vetted employers, com-

AER Campaign Kick-off

Soldiers during the Army’s annual cam-

‘Helping the Army take care of its own’ Emergency Relief Campaign kick-off

and other job-seekers. Gain valuable insight on career-planning and how to

ister online at HiringOurHeroes.org or for

Theater (2163 Liggett Ave., Lewis Main). Learn about the range of assistance AER can provide to Soldiers (financial assistance and scholarships for spouse and/or dependent children). Register at JBLMaer-campaign-kickoff-2017.eventbrite.com

more information, call 253-982-WORK.

or call 253-967-9787 for more informa-

help and free professional headshots! Reg-

tion.

survivor outreach

under section 170(b)(1)(a) of the Internal Revenue Code. AER is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the code.

JBLM invites you to the annual Army

Its Own” Friday, Feb. 24, 9 a.m. at Carey

skill levels. Don’t miss out on the résumé

AER is supported by voluntary con-

paign. Contributions are fully deductible

event “Helping the Army Take Care of

jobs from a wide array of industries and

order to provide the same level of assistance realized in past years. tributions from active duty and retired

munity leaders, senior military spouses

stand out as a candidate. Discover flexible

lion has been established by AER in

located at 6242 Colorado Ave.).

our Heroes Military Spouse Program Networking Reception Wednesday, Feb. 15

Armywide campaign goal of $12 mil-

The annual AER campaign officially runs March 1–May 15. The intent of

Get your affairs in order!

the annual campaign is to ensure every

Survivor Outreach Services will have an estate-planning class (open to JBLM community) Thursday, Feb. 23, 10 a.m.– noon at Stone Education Center (room C207). Estate planning is for everyone, not just for retired people. Everyone has

Soldier understands the types of assistance AER can provide and also give them the opportunity to contribute. Between Sept. 2001–2016, AER provided Soldiers and their Families with $965,117,394.73 (yes, almost $1 billion!). The annual

volunteer of the year Nominate a hardworking individual you know

The JBLM Installation Volunteer Office is accepting nominations for the Volunteer of the Year award beginning Tuesday, Feb. 21. Categories for Volunteer of the Year are community, retiree, Family, active duty and adult. To be eligible: • Volunteer must be registered with the Volunteer Management Information System at MyArmyOneSource.com (exception, Community Volunteer of the Year nominations). • Active duty members must be stationed at JBLM. • Primary volunteer service must be with organization(s) at JBLM during the 2016 calendar year (exception, Community

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Volunteer of the Year). Category descriptions: • Adult Volunteer of the Year: JBLM volunteers who are spouses of active duty members and all civilian volunteers. • Active duty Volunteer of the Year: JBLM volunteers who are active duty Service members stationed at JBLM. • Retiree Volunteer of the Year: JBLM Volunteer must be a retired Service member, spouse of a retired Service member or retired from a civilian job. • Family of the Year: Nominations must include the impact and contributions that each Family member makes as a volunteer at JBLM. • Community Volunteer of the Year: Nominations are for volunteers who contribute the majority of the volunteer service to communities/organizations outside of JBLM. To nominate an individual or Family, describe in detail (in no more than 750 words), the volunteer’s or Family’s accomplishments, the impact of their accomplishments to the organization/community and why the nominated individual or Family should be recognized as Volunteer/Family of the Year. Nominations will be reviewed by a panel independently, and selections will be announced at the annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon and Awards Ceremony Thursday, May 4, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. at the Club at McChord Field. Nominations must be accompanied by a completed nomination form and must be submitted no later than Monday, March 20 at 4:30 p.m. To submit, hand-carry to the Family Resource Center at 4274 Idaho Ave. (at 9th Division Dr. at Lewis Main) or email to the IVC office. For additional information and/or to receive a copy of the nomination form, call 253-967-2324.

Select AFCS events

Date

Details

Ready to Rent

Mondays

253-967-1453

Overseas Briefing

Mondays

253-967-3633

Toddler & Young Child Play Group (ages 1–3)

Tuesdays

253-967-5901

Baby Play Group

Thursdays

253-967-5901

First Duty Station Officer PFR Brief

Thursdays

253-967-1453

Active Parenting for Stepfamilies

T/Th, Feb. 2–21

253-967-5901

ACT Men

M/W, Feb. 6–March 6

253-967-5901

Family Foundations — Postnatal Series

Wednesdays, Feb. 8–22

253-967-5901

FRG Leadership Training (evenings)

Thursdays, Feb. 6–23

253-967-8430

Hiring our Heroes Career Fair

Feb. 15–16

253-982-9675

AFFTB Concept Block: Career Development (Day 2)

Feb. 15

253-967-2382

Credit Reports & Credit Repair

Feb. 15

253-967-1453

Financially Fit

Feb. 15

253-967-1453

AFCS Education Fair

Feb. 15

253-966-8433

Basic Tax Preparation

Feb. 16

253-967-1453

The Complete Federal Résumé

Feb. 16

253-982-9675

Re-Entry Workshop

Feb. 16

253-967-3633

JBLM Newcomers Orientation

Feb. 21

253-967-3633/ 253-982-2695

AFFTB Concept Block: Did You Hear What I Think I Said?

Feb. 22

253-967-2382

EAP Civilian Training

Feb. 22

253-966-4597

Key Caller Training

Feb. 22

253-967-8430

Company Command Team Spouse Seminar

Feb. 23–24

253-967-2382

AFFAP Steering Committee

Feb. 23

253-967-3689

New Blended Retirement System

Feb. 23

253-966-8433

AER Campaign Kick-off

Feb. 24

253-967-9787

Military Saves Week

Feb. 27–March 3

253-967-1453

Five Love Languages

Feb. 27

253-967-5901

Command Your Cash

Feb. 28

253-967-1453

AFFTB Concept Block: Change Can Be Good...Time to Destress

Feb. 28 & March 1

253-967-2382

resiliency Tip of the Month

Financially Fit

Feb. 28 & March 1

253-967-1453

Treasurer Training (evening)

Feb. 28

253-967-8430

JBLM Community Update

March 1

253-967-9496

Affirmations — “You’re my best friend,” “I can always count on you” or “Our family is awesome!” — are great ways to show you care. Try sharing a specific affirmation when you see your loved ones, or write them on little notes to find. Everyone likes to feel appreciated! Looking for more ideas? At the FOCUS program, we teach skills and strategies to strengthen your bond and to enhance sharing support and love to each Family member. Contact us today to learn more and to schedule your fun and personalized training sessions! FOCUS is located at 2013B N. 3rd St. (at Pendleton Avenue) in Room 331. For additional information, call 253-966-6390 or email JBLM@focusproject.org. You may also visit online at FocusProject.org or fb.com/FOCUSresiliencytraining.

Understanding AER Policies & Procedures

March 1

253-967-1453

Interview-Ready Workshop

March 2

253-982-9675

Re-Entry Workshop

March 2

253-967-3633

ACT Women

Tu/Th, March 7–30

253-967-5901

Infant Massage

Tuesdays, March 7–21

253-967-5901

ACT Men

M/W, March 8–April 3

253-967-5901

AFFTB Concept Block: To Be or Not to Be... A Great Leader

March 8 & March 14`

253-967-2382

Military Knowledge Class

March 9–10

253-967-2382

Checking Account Maint. Refresher

March 9

253-967-1453

Résumé 101

March 9

253-967-2382

Showing love to your Family

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For additional AFCS classes and briefings available (including those at Yakima, call 253-967-7166 or visit JBLMafcs.checkappointments.com. For details, call the phone number listed, visit the event calendar at JBLMmwr.com or “like” us at fb.com/JBLMafcs.

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JBLM library events bring fun, learning for all ages to the table

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Joint Base Lewis-McChord Focus February 2017


library hide & seek

Help find the tiny teddy bear at Book Patch When you visit Book Patch Library this month, help us find Tiny the Teddy Bear! Tiny loves to read and is hiding in Book Patch. He moves to a new location every night. If you can help us find him, you’ll win a tiny sweet treat! This fun game of hide-and-seek is for ages 3–12.

color, line & storytime

Endless fun & creative opportunities at Book Patch You’re invited to Book Patch Library for a fun, creative program called Color, Line & Storytime! Join art teacher extraordinaire Lilly Sherwood Feb. 1 at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. The program is held on the first Wednesday of the month and offers hands-on instruction designed to explore color, line, shape, texture and pattern to encourage selfexpression and creativity. Registration is not required. Next month’s event is March 1. For details, call 253-967-5533.

the first Friday of every month at 4 p.m. Bring your youngsters to create and build to their hearts’ content! The next workshop is Feb. 3. The library provides the Lego bricks and your children provide the imagination. To reserve your space (space is limited), visit the library’s “Calendar of Events” page at JBLMmwr.com or call 253-982-3454.

help kids get fit with literature

Yoga storytime mixes books & fitness You’re invited to Book Patch Library Wednesday, Feb. 8 for yoga storytime at 10:30 a.m. No registration is required. This monthly event is brought to you by WarriorOne Lewis-McChord! For details, call 253-967-5533.

‘novel navigators’

Join McChord Library’s book club Come to McChord Library Wednesday, Feb. 8 to discuss “The Silent Wife” by A.S.A. Harrison. “Novel Navigators,” the book discussion group for

teen advisory committee

Calling teens to McChord Library Want a voice in what happens at McChord Library? The Teen Advisory Committee is looking for you! The Teen Advisory Committee is a motivated and dedicated group that discusses everything from books to events and programs. The next committee meeting is Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 4 p.m. For additional information, call 253-982-3454.

building blocks

Get creative at McChord Library with Lego Club McChord Library hosts Lego Club

adults, meets monthly on the second Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. Register in person to receive a copy (limited number available). For additional information, call 253-982-3454.

fiction-writing workshop

Join local author to get started on your writing Join local author Elizabeth Wrenn for a fiction-writing workshop at McChord Library Friday, Feb. 10 at 1 p.m. Bring a pen and your favorite fiction book. No previous experience is necessary, but registration is required. To register, visit the “Calendar of Events” pages at JBLMmwr.com/libraries and by calling 253-982-3454).

sensory storytime

Books come alive at Book Patch Library Book Patch Library, together with Child & Youth Services program SKIESUnlimited, offers sensory-friendly storytime Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 3 p.m. Explore sights, sounds, smells and tastes with crafts as books come alive through song, dance and music. For details, call 253-967-5533.

girls’ club

Head to Book Patch to ‘Craft, Create and Conversate’ You’re invited to Craft, Create and Conversate at Book Patch Library’s Girls Club. For ages 8–15, the club meets Friday, Feb. 17, 6–7:30 p.m. This month’s theme is “Crochet! It’s off the hook.” No registration is required. Call 253-967-5533 for additional information.

going back to school?

Get your research done at JBLM libraries If you’re going back to school or in the middle of your degree program, make sure you take advantage of the collections at JBLM libraries! Complete your research for term papers and find a quiet place to study at Grandstaff or McChord libraries. Plus, don’t break the bank on books — let the MWR Bookstore help you get your books for less! It’s located inside Stone Education Center at 6242 Colorado Ave., Room B144. For more information, call 253-964-8185. • McChord Library is located at 851 Lincoln Blvd. at McChord Field; 253-982-3454. • Grandstaff Library is located at Lewis Main, 2109 N. 10th St. (at Pendleton Avenue); 253-967-5889. • Book Patch is located inside Grandstaff; 253-967-5533. JBLMmwr.com

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